Richard Russo

Richard Russo

Richard Russo (born July 15 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist. Born in Johnstown, New York, and raised in nearby Gloversville, he earned a B.A. (1967), an M.F.A. (1980), and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Arizona. He was teaching in the English department at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale when "Mohawk" was published. He now lives and writes in Camden, Maine.

His novel "Empire Falls", published in 2001, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has written five other novels: "Mohawk", "The Risk Pool", "Nobody's Fool", "Straight Man", and "Bridge of Sighs", as well as a short story collection, "The Whore's Child". Russo co-wrote the 1998 film "Twilight" with director Robert Benton, who also adapted and directed Russo's "Nobody's Fool" into a 1994 film of the same name, starring Paul Newman. Russo wrote the teleplay for the HBO adaptation of "Empire Falls" and the screenplay for the 2005 film "Ice Harvest".

Russo's most recent novel, "Bridge of Sighs", was released on September 25, 2007.

Russo, who lives in Maine and is retired from the faculty of Colby College, [cite web|url=|date=2002|accessdate=2007-03-20|title="Richard Russo"|work=New York State Writers Institute, State University of New York] will soon begin work on a new novel involving the characters from "Nobody's Fool".


* 1986 "Mohawk" (Vintage Books)
* 1988 "The Risk Pool" (Random House)
* 1993 "Nobody's Fool" (Random House)
* 1997 "Straight Man" (Random House)
* 2001 "Empire Falls" (Alfred A. Knopf)
* 2002 "The Whore's Child and Other Stories" (Alfred A. Knopf)
* 2007 "Bridge of Sighs" (Alfred A. Knopf)

External links

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* [ Audio interview from the Maine Humanities Council]


NAME=Russo, Richard
DATE OF BIRTH=July 15 1949
PLACE OF BIRTH=Johnstown, New York

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